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Brother Ali - Only Life I Know

rhymesayers on August 28, 2012 19:22

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    LYRICS:
    Only Life I Know

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Oh… Lord… No…

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    And it stress me so
    God bless my soul
    Oh… Lord… No…

    Whether it’s the projects or trailer park mess
    Raggedy apartment complex
    With a stressed out single mom sitting on the steps
    Waiting on the mailman looking for a check

    Boys on the corner pushing out their chest
    Questing for anything that resemble respect
    Young girls swing their hip with every step
    Looking for affection settling for sex

    Bodies decorated with tattoos and chains
    Trying to put armor between you and pain
    Wood grain steering wheel the bass bang
    Loud enough to drown out the hatred in your brain

    The only out is smoking out
    Get lean get wet get meth get tore down
    Cause who the hell would want to stick around
    Put me in a haze I ain’t never coming down

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Oh… Lord… No…

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    And it stress me so
    God bless my soul
    Oh… Lord… No…

    They just want to get you in the system stick you in a prison
    Enlist you in the military ship you to the desert
    Gigs don’t exist for you to make a decent living
    But we got three illegal wars that you can pick from

    Keep stressing morals and personal decisions
    Tell me what’s moral about these conditions
    Who decided you don’t got enough to teach children
    Stay spending billions on stadiums and prisons

    How many routes can folks really choose
    When you’re oppressed only three lead to you
    The first one is follow the rules and stay in school
    And be the square dude that society approves

    Get a little job or a shitty apartment
    A subprime mortgage in a failing house market
    And after a life of dedication and hardship
    You die just as poor as you was when you started

    Fuck that what’s up with the second option
    You can always hit the corner and try to get it popping
    Get fast guap when you out robbing and clocking
    But chances are that you probably die violent

    Best hope that you got it getting knocked
    End up with a job in a prison metal shop
    They ain’t paying nothing but 3 hots and a cot
    Don’t you know that’s the biggest hustle they got

    Or door three you could get on that welfare
    They ain’t trying to help they’ll put you through hell there
    Give you just enough so you’re not going to starve
    And constantly harass you while you looking for a job

    If you do luck up and someone let you punch a clock
    And they find out about then your check is getting docked
    Can’t win for losing they dehumanize you
    You never get caught up you caught up in that cycle

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Oh… Lord… No…

    It’s my life
    Yeah the only one that I’ll ever know
    And it stress me so
    God bless my soul
    Oh… Lord… No…

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